Embraer’s new generation aircraft, the E190-E2, has visited Africa for a continental tour. The colourful aircraft, which features a shark livery, visited six counties: Algiers, Morocco, Kenya, Ghana, Mauritius and South Africa. At each stop, the passenger jet attracted the attention of the local aviation community and the press, performing demonstration flights to showcase its capabilities.
“The debut of the E190-E2 in Africa is an excellent opportunity for Embraer to show off this ground breaking aircraft,” said Raul Villaron, Vice President, Sales, for Middle East & Africa, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “The E190-E2 cuts fuel burn by more than 17% and is perfectly suited to operate in hot and harsh environments. Some of the airlines for which we presented the aircraft are already an E-Jet operator and eager to know more about the E2s.”
Africa’s air transport market is expected to grow by 4.8% in the next 20 years, seeing an extra 270 million passengers for a total market of 400 million passengers. Some countries stand out amongst the fastest growing in the world, superseding the continent’s average and reaching a compound growth rate of over 7.2% per year.
The launch of the new ‘Single African Air Market’ and consequent attenuation of barriers will create a new environment to further foster growth in many sectors in Africa, expanding tourism and trade. Adding non-stop flights and frequency would enable countries to build a more connected and profitable air industry.